March 30, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Villanova had a total of 13 athletes competing this weekend at the Raleigh Relays on the Paul H. Derr Track and the Wildcats received strong efforts from their middle distance group in the top sections of the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. In all Villanova entered five different events over two days at the elite meet.
Junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) won the invitational section of the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.42 and the Wildcats accounted for five of the first six runners across the finish line. Akande narrowly beat freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) at the finish line, as Piccirillo crossed the finish line in 2:06.62. The other members of the top five for Villanova included sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) in fourth place (2:07.81), freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) in fifth place (2:07.93) and junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) in sixth place (2:08.16).
Piccirillo and Schappert each registered new personal best times in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. Lipari won Section I of the 1500 meters in 4:20.08 and was followed by Akande in fourth place (4:20.95), while Schappert (4:21.20) and Piccirillo (4:21.79) were fifth and sixth, respectively. Margey finished in eighth place with a personal best time of 4:22.54 and senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) placed 13th with a time of 4:26.17. Cook established a new personal best in the 1500 meters for the second straight week, following up on her efforts at the Philadelphia College Classic.
Two other personal best times were recorded by the Wildcats at the meet. Senior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) came in 14th in Section II of the 1500 meters and had a time of 4:33.73. Sophomore Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) ran the 400 meter hurdles with a career best time of 1:00.43 and finished fourth out of 67 entries in the process.
Below are complete Villanova results from the Raleigh Relays.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Qualitra Brown 45th of 140 57.64
800 Meters Invitational
Nicky Akande 1st of 26 2:06.42 Angel Piccirillo 2nd 2:06.62 Stephanie Schappert 4th 2:07.81 Kelsey Margey 5th 2:07.93 Emily Lipari 6th 2:08.16 Leanne Tucker 14th 2:10.59
1500 Meters Section 1
Emily Lipari 1st of 17 4:20.08 Nicky Akande 4th 4:20.95 Stephanie Schappert 5th 4:21.20 Angel Piccirillo 6th 4:21.79 Kelsey Margey 8th 4:22.54 Summer Cook 13th 4:26.17
1500 Meters Section 2
Shannon Browne 14th of 16 4:33.73
1500 Meters Section 3
Courtney Chapman 12th of 15 4:36.05
100 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)
Emerald Walden 9th of 92 14.08
400 Meter Hurdles
Faith Dismuke 4th of 67 1:00.43 Mary Bohi 24th 1:03.03